If you tend to buy a lot of beauty products, especially palettes and value sets, chances are you have about 20 black pencil eyeliners, since they seem to come with practically every product I buy.
If this is, in fact, the case, you probably don’t need this Kat Von D Autograph pencil in “Puro Amor”–or, as we consumers call it, “black.” While it’s usable, I think there are many black liners out there that are superior.
“Puro Amor” retails for $10 for 0.028 oz. exclusively at Sephora (the only chain which carries the Kat von D brand). Before you get too excited by that price, this is significantly less product than, say, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencils at 0.04 oz., but it’s still definitely on the less expensive end of products you can get at Sephora. I ended up with this liner because it came packaged with my True Romance Eyeshadow Palette (review coming soon).
At first glance, this product seems decent. It’s creamy and glides on smoothly, though it’s certainly not the blackest of black liners. It smudges easily–rather too easily, in fact, as it quickly starts to blend away and lose opacity. I also find that this smudge-ability persists, with the liner never really setting properly, and tending to smudge, migrate, or fade throughout the day.
I like this liner as a base for powder eyeshadow. If I want to do a smokey eye, so I’ll be layering a shadow on top to bump up the color and help with staying power, the smudginess of this liner is a welcome trait. But I find that I’m really limited with this liner. If I try to do a defined, crisp line, it won’t be dark enough and won’t stay put. If I use it on the waterline, or under the lower lashline, I’ll end up with some panda eyes. Given how many fantastic black liners there are out there–even at a much lower price point–I can’t see ever purchasing this one by choice.